It’s official! Chris Rock will return to host the Academy
Awards live when it airs on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
The 88th ceremony -- produced by David Hill and Reginald
Hudlin -- will be the actor’s second time hosting in just over a decade. “I'm so
glad to be hosting the Oscars,” Rock said in a statement to ET. “It's great to
Rock, 50, first hosted the ceremony in 2005, when more than
42 million people tuned in to see Million
Dollar Baby take home the Oscar for Best Picture.
His return does come after some controversy over a joke Rock
made about Jude Law, suggesting he was nearly as talented as Tom Cruise. Sean
Penn responded to Rock while presenting the Oscar for Best Actress, saying Law
was one of the “finest actors” of this generation. Law himself even took issue
with the joke.